Autumn at Seiryoji Temple, Sagano, Kyoto, Japan

Seiryōji (清凉寺) is a Buddhist temple in the Sagano area of Kyoto, Japan. The temple is known for its highly venerated sandalwood image of Shaka (Shakyamuni), the historical Buddha. In autumn, the changing colors of the foliage add a lively touch to the pleasant and quaint temple premises.

Photos #2,3,4,5,6,9,10 shot with Fujifilm X-E2 and Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 lens.
Photos #1,7,8 shot with iPhone 5.
All photos edited in Lightroom 5.7.

The approach to Seiryoji leads along a road traversing a pleasant residential area with some small shops, …

Autumn at Seiryoji Temple, Sagano, Kyoto, Japan Photo
Autumn at Seiryoji Temple, Sagano, Kyoto, Japan

… at the end of which the temple’s main gate is inviting the visitor to enter the premises.

Autumn at Seiryoji Temple, Sagano, Kyoto, Japan Photo
Autumn at Seiryoji Temple, Sagano, Kyoto, Japan

The view goes towards the Main Hall, also known as ‘Shakadō’.

Autumn at Seiryoji Temple, Sagano, Kyoto, Japan Photo
Autumn at Seiryoji Temple, Sagano, Kyoto, Japan

Most of the maple trees in the gardens of Seiryoji are at the peak of their autumnal color …

Autumn at Seiryoji Temple, Sagano, Kyoto, Japan Photo
Autumn at Seiryoji Temple, Sagano, Kyoto, Japan

… and the light is not too bad, either, …

Autumn at Seiryoji Temple, Sagano, Kyoto, Japan Photo
Autumn at Seiryoji Temple, Sagano, Kyoto, Japan

… allowing to capture many a pleasant detail.

Autumn at Seiryoji Temple, Sagano, Kyoto, Japan Photo
Autumn at Seiryoji Temple, Sagano, Kyoto, Japan

I am not the only visitor to enjoy this splendid autumn setting, …

Autumn at Seiryoji Temple, Sagano, Kyoto, Japan Photo
Autumn at Seiryoji Temple, Sagano, Kyoto, Japan

… walking through a garden that holds new explosions of autumn color in store at every corner, …

Autumn at Seiryoji Temple, Sagano, Kyoto, Japan Photo
Autumn at Seiryoji Temple, Sagano, Kyoto, Japan

… harmoniously blending with the classic architecture of the temple buildings.

Autumn at Seiryoji Temple, Sagano, Kyoto, Japan Photo
Autumn at Seiryoji Temple, Sagano, Kyoto, Japan

As I am planning to visit a few more temples in this area, I wrap up my visit to Seiryoji, and exit through its old main gate.

Autumn at Seiryoji Temple, Sagano, Kyoto, Japan Photo
Autumn at Seiryoji Temple, Sagano, Kyoto, Japan

2 Comments

  • K
    2 years ago

    Very beautiful photos, thanks for sharing!

    • 2 years ago

      I’m really glad you enjoyed the photos! Thank you for taking the time to view them, and for dropping me a short note.

      Best wishes –
      Norbert

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